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Miami lawyer previously charged with snorting cocaine jailed again for testing positive for drugs

A Miami attorney arrested on felony drug charges after reportedly being found snorting cocaine in a Lower Keys store in the summer was back in the Keys jail Monday.

Kenneth Kukec, 61, violated terms of his pretrial release by testing positive for amphetamines, said Neecie Scull, the Monroe County assistant state attorney prosecuting the case. Kukec surrendered at the Plantation Key jail and bonded out for $20,000 later in the day.

Kukec was charged on July 8 with possession of cocaine, four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, four counts possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Scull said he's set for a docket sounding on those original charges Monday before County Court Judge Wayne Miller. A docket sounding is when a judge determines if the case is ready to proceed.

The Sheriff's Office says a supervisor caught Kukec snorting cocaine in a bathroom in the Big Coppitt Key Circle K around 10 p.m. July 8.

The agency says sergeants Evan Calhoun and Linda Mixon were inside the Circle K when Calhoun decided he need to use the bathroom. When he opened the door, he reportedly saw Kukec "sitting backward on the toilet snorting something off the back of the toilet."

Calhoun walked out of the bathroom and told Mixon "there was a guy snorting drugs off the tank of the toilet."

Calhoun and Mixon cuffed Kukec when he exited the bathroom. Calhoun shined a flashlight up Kukec's nose and "could see the white in color powdery substance in the nostrils' walls and hairs of the nose," according to the arrest report.

Calhoun then checked Kukec's pockets and found a small plastic bag containing cocaine. A later swab of the bathroom toilet turned up cocaine, the report says.

Calhoun also found in the back of Kukec's shorts a zippered pouch containing 10 syringes, more cocaine, a pill crusher and three bottles of various types of pills that later were determined not to be prescribed to Kukec.

Then the cops checked Kukec's rental car, which was parked at the gas pump, and found in a briefcase inside it four bottles containing more pills, also not in Kukec's name.

The pills, 39 in total, turned out to be Oxycodone, morphine and hydromorphine. The cocaine, less than a gram, has a street value of around $50, Calhoun wrote.

Florida Bar records show Kukec was admitted to practice law in Florida in 1986 and hasn't had any disciplinary actions against him the past 10 years.